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Name: COUPER, Sydney H.

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Birth Date: 24 June 1873 Govan, Glasgow

Death Date: 20 Oct 1949 Hampstead, London

Nationality: British

First Date: 1897 and returned in 1918

Profession: Senior Asst. Engineer, Uganda Railway in 1897. Seconded to Jamaica Government Railways from 1913-18, he returned to Nairobi in 1918 and was appointed General Manager, Uganda Railways and an Official Member of the Legislative Council

Area: Nairobi, Port Florence, Nakuru March 1903

Married: In Nairobi 30 Mar 1911 Jean Smart Tudhope b. 9 Aug 1877 Rutherglen, d. 13 Dec 1949 Hampstead

Book Reference: Gillett, HBEA, Cuckoo, Permanent Way, Golf, Kenya Diary, EAHB 1905, KAD, Red 25, EAS, Hut, North, Playne, EA Diary 1903, Drumkey, Red 22, Advertiser, EAHB 1906, EAHB 1904, EAHB 1907, Red Book 1912, Red 19

War Service: Seconded to Jamaica Govt. Railways 1913/18

School: Kelvinside Academy, and University College, Victoria University, Liverpool

General Information:

HBEA 1912 - District Engineer, Railway and Nairobi Municipal Committee,
Cuckoo - 1905 - District Engineer of the Railway at Kisumu.  
Permanent Way - Succeeded B. Eastwood as General Manager of the Railway in 1918. Before he came to EA as a junior assistant engineer on the Railway Construction staff in 1897, Mr Couper had been an Assistant Engineer on the London and North-Western Railway. In April 1903, he was appointed Senior Assistant Engineer on the permanent staff of the Uganda Railway, and he was promoted to the rank of District Engineer in 1906. In 1912 he declined the offer of the post of Deputy-General Manager of the Gold Coast Railway, and a year later he was appointed Director of the Government railway in Jamaica. On November 7th 1918, he was appointed General Manager of the Uganda Railway at a salary of £1500 ............ Mr Couper arrived at Mombasa on December 16th 1918.  
Golf - President of Nairobi Golf Club in 1921/22. President of Railway Golf Club in 1922  
Kenya Diary - Mar. 1903 - Nakuru - dined with Sidney Couper, an engineer of the Uganda railway, who is also kindly putting me up.  
EAHB 1905 - London and North Western Railway; Senior Assistant Engineer, Uganda Railway.
KAD 1922 - General Manager, Railway.
KAD 1922 - President, Football Association of Kenya.
KAD 1922 - Committee Member, REAAA.
KAD 1922 - President, Nairobi Golf Club  
Red 25 - Manager of Uganda Railway 1919-22
The African Standard - 26-2-1903 - Invited to the wedding of H.R. Phelips & Miss Jacquette Edith Lambe in Mombasa Playne - Mr Couper is a Glaswegian. He was born on June 24, 1873, and educated in his native city and at Liverpool. He came to EA on Sept. 5, 1897, and is now District Engineer of the Uganda Railway. He was formerly Asst. Engineer, London 7 N-Western Railway, and was Officiating Superintendent of Way and Works, Uganda Railway from May to November 1908. Mr Couper is President of the Caledonian Society of BEA, and a member of the Labour Board, and of the Sites Board; he was member of the Nairobi Municipality from May to November 1908. He possesses the Africa General Service medal, Nandi, 1905-06. Vice-President of Rift Valley Sports Club
Playne - Group Photograph - 'Officers of the Uganda Railway 1909'
Drumkey 1909 - Railway Dept. - District Engineer
Red 22 - President, The Football Association of Kenya
Advertiser - 4/9/1908 - Subscribers for St. Andrew's Church Building Fund - Sydney Couper - Rs. 150
North - Recommended for permanent position - 'not much technical ability but has energy and a good man with natives' (Currie, CO 533) 12-11-1904
Red Book 1912 - S. Couper - Naivasha
Red Book 1912 - Hon. Treasurer - Nairobi YWCA - Mrs Sydney Couper
Gazette - 12/11/1919 - Register of Voters - Nairobi, South Area - Sydney Couper - Manager, Uganda Railway, Railway Hill and Mrs Jean Smart Couper - Railway Hill
Red Book 1919 - Railway Dept. - General Manager
1939 England and Wales Register living with wife in hotel in Stroud, Glos
His 2nd forename may not exist - it is omitted from official records.

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